Historical Museum

You’re Invited to Opening Weekend at the Nautical Museum



Explore thrilling exhibits detailing the early history of the lighthouse, its keepers, and the baymen, along with shipwrecks, whaling, and the famous Holland Submarine. View historic aerial photos of Southold at the “Soaring Over Southold” special exhibit and see how much our town has changed, or not changed, over the years. See if you can spot your house or business!

While here climb the 58-foot high tower!


Open weekends, 11:30 – 4:00. Admission is just $5 or $10/families.

Note: Southold Park District lot charges $5 additional parking fee for non-residents.

Plan Your Visit


Come Cheer on the Players in the “History in the Making” Pickleball Tournament


Registration for the morning and afternoon sessions for our History in the Making Pickleball Tournament is closed (waiting list only), but you can still join in the fun.

Whether you’re participating in the tournament or just come and watch, all are welcome. There will be exciting game day raffles!

The morning tournament will start at 9:00 am and the afternoon session will start at 12:30 pm on June 1 (rain date June 2) at Tasker Park in Peconic.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Poliwoda Team of Douglas Elliman, Charles and Helen Reichert Family Foundation, Mattituck Lions, Gary Despres Physical Therapy, Country Corner Café, Greenport IGA, and Southold IGA.

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Collections Corner: Memorial Day Postcard, 1909

Memorial Day originally was called Decoration Day, because it was the day to go and decorate fallen veteran’s graves. The tradition started just after the Civil War. By the 1880s the name changed to Memorial Day. Donated by Alice Wells.

Happy Memorial Day, and remember those who gave their lives for our country.

Collections Corner


Call for Artists: Ten-Squared Online Exhibit & Sale


The theme of our Ten Squared online art exhibit and sale this summer is “After the Peconic Bay Impressionists”. In this non-juried exhibition, artists can submit up to three pieces of work that are 10” x 10”. Each work will be sold for $100, half of which will benefit Southold Historical Museum.


Finished works are due with submission forms to Southold Historical Museum the week of June 10 – 14. All mediums are accepted. Please email art@southoldhistorical.org for artist inquiries or call 631.765.5500. The online exhibit and sale will be July 15 – August 31, 2024.

Download the submission form.

Submission Form


Office Assistant Needed Part-Time

As some of you may already know our dedicated office assistant of 15 years, Walter Jackson, has officially retired and moved to South Carolina to live with his son and son’s family. Walter is truly one of a kind and we will all miss him very much.

If you or someone you know is interested in a part-time position in our office, we are looking for someone to assist up to 25 hours per week.

Responsibilities include reception, errands, office work, and light maintenance. Valid NYS driver’s license with a clean record and ability to lift up to 50 lbs. preferred. Flexible schedule. Salary range: $18 – $20 hour.

Please read the full job description in the link below.

Job Opportunity


Website Highlights

History Videos

May 25

Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse Reopens

June 1

Pickleball Tournament

June 29

Maple Lane Complex


July 4

Independence Day Parade Float


Your gracious support allows Southold Historical Museum to offer many free events throughout the year. Thank you.




Southold Historical Museum programs are made possible by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


631-765-5500 – Info@SoutholdHistorical.org


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